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MP Mike Thornton Presses Government to Improve GP Waiting Times

January 23, 2015 12:08 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Mike Thornton has stepped up his ongoing battle on the future of health services.

The Eastleigh MP, whose wife used to be a nurse and midwife at Winchester Hospital, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to "ensure that a patient can see their GP within a week".

Where patients suffer from managed, chronic conditions, Mike's motion calls for them to be able to "schedule future regular appointments at the end of their current appointment."

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Mike Thornton says "I'm calling on the Government to ensure that waiting times are reduced to a week or better."


Mike has also written to every GP surgery in the Eastleigh constituency, following reports from constituents that some practices have a waiting time of four weeks, asking them to inform him of their average waiting times.

Commenting on the motion, Mike said: "GPs and other health professionals do an amazing job and contribute so much to our community. However, waiting times are still an issue and local people often tell me how long it can take for them to get an appointment.

"It's important that we get this right and make sure that waiting times go down, patients are well served and practice staff are well supported. That's why I'm calling on the Government to ensure that waiting times are reduced to a week or better.

"Local Lib Dems have a fantastic record on health, delivering a medical centre in Bursledon and campaigning to improve health facilities for the community at Moorgreen, and the Lib Dems nationally have announced a policy of spending an extra £8bn per year on the NHS."

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Notes:

Mike's Early Day Motion can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/693

The text of the motion reads as follows:

That this House recognises the fantastic work done by local GPs and other practice staff; notes the importance to a patient of seeing a GP at their local surgery in a timely manner; praises the Government for restoring named GPs for patients who are aged over 75 years; and urges the Government to ensure that a patient can see their GP within a week and, in the case of patients with managed chronic conditions, enable them to schedule future regular appointments at the end of their current appointment.

The Lib Dems announced plans to safeguard the NHS for the future on January 6th. NHS funding will increase by at least £8bn per year in real terms by 2020. Further information can be found here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/nhs-funding-increase-8bn?utm_campaign=060115&utm_medium=email&utm_source=libdems

1) We will baseline into the budget of the NHS, the additional £2bn that Liberal Democrats secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16.

2) We will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17. This will be paid for by capping pensions tax relief for the richest pensioners (saving 500m), aligning divend tax with income tax for those earning more than £150,000 (saving £400m) and scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme (saving £100m).

3) Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy.

As well as increasing NHS funding, the Liberal Democrats will also commission a non-partisan fundamental review of NHS and social care finances in 2015 before the next spending review, in order to assess the pressures on NHS budgets.

We will focus extra funding on two key priorities that will help reduce cost pressures in other areas to help NHS funding remain sustainable. These priorities are:

1) Mental health. We want to end the discrimination against mental health and have pledged £500m extra a year to support this from 2015/16 onwards.

2) Prevention. Keeping people healthier for longer and supporting people to stay as healthy as possible and to receive care closer to home.

Office of Mike Thornton MP, 109a Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DR,

Tel: 023 8062 0007 Email press@mikethornton.org.uk